The Federal Agency Targeting Inspection Program is a nationwide program emphasizing workplace safety and health for federal workers and contractors supervised by federal personnel. During FY 2009, OSHA focused on the federal agency workplaces that experienced high numbers of lost time injuries. Fifty-nine high-hazard federal work sites were inspected and field inspectors found 336 violations of safety and health standards -- more than twice the number cited in 2008. The top three standards cited were electrical, respiratory protection and hazard communications.
"The right to safe and healthful working conditions is not limited to private industry workers," said David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for OSHA. "Workplace safety also extends to those working for the federal government. Continuing the targeting of federal workplaces assures consistent workplace safety standards in federal and private sectors."
The program began in 2008 in response to a Government Accountability Office audit report. OSHA's Office of Federal Agency Programs represents occupational safety and health issues in the federal sector and provides guidance for implementing effective programs.
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May 20, 2010
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